Starcke Wakooka Track


The so-called Starcke Wakooka Track is a narrow 4WD track.

It starts at a turnoff not far north of Isabella Falls on Battlecamp Road and ends in Wakooka.


It is a great four wheel drive track and if you are on your way to Cape Melville, this is the slower but more fun alternative to the Lakefield - Cape Melville Road (which comes to Wakooka and Cape Melville from the west).


The track may be boggy in the early Dry and definitely requires a 4WD vehicle.

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    Turnoff from Battlecamp Road. ©cape-york-australia.com

The track turns off Battlecamp Road after Isabella Falls and is first a reasonable gravel road.

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    Start of the track. ©cape-york-australia.com

It goes past the turnoffs to Mt Ray, Elderslie, Glenrock and Mt Baird ...

   starcke wakooka road elderslie mt ray
    Elderslie Mt Ray turnoff. ©cape-york-australia.com

.. then crosses McIvor River and passes by the small Mt Webb National Park and the turnoff to Morgans Landing, (where you can continue to the beach and Cape Flattery).

   starcke homestead
    Near the homestead. ©cape-york-australia.com

Further north it passes by Starcke Homestead and soon after that the road gets smaller. It goes along the eastern border of Starcke National Park, which is not accessible and has no facilities.

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    The track. ©cape-york-australia.com

Next the road comes to the beautiful Starcke River

   starcke river
    The river. ©cape-york-australia.com

After the river you come to an old outstation, and right after it to an old windmill.  

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    The old outstation. ©cape-york-australia.com

The track has got gradually smaller, has some sandy sections,

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    The track. ©cape-york-australia.com

and is sometimes also a bit rugged but nothing too bad.

   starcke wakooka track
    The track. ©cape-york-australia.com

And then it comes to Jeannie River - almost dry towards the end of the Dry Season.

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    Jeannie River. ©cape-york-australia.com

Not long after the river you enter the southern section of Cape Melville National Park.

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    The southern entrance to Cape Melville National Park. ©cape-york-australia.com

The track continues, narrow and much the same,

   cape melville road
    The track through the southern section of Cape Melville National Park.

... all the way to Altanmoul Section of the park, where it climbs up the hill and then down again ...


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    The start of Altanmoul Section. ©cape-york-australia.com

.. until after a bit of a drive and a lagoon with waterbirds, you come to Wakooka. 

   wakooka
    Wakooka. ©cape-york-australia.com





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